Ironman recognizes Ironman Texas times as world bests

Ironman has decided to recognize the performances of Matt Hanson and Melissa Hauschildt from the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands, Texas as official Ironman records.

| May 2, 2018 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt is now the fastest women ever at an Ironman event.

Melissa Hauschildt is now the fastest women ever at an Ironman event.

Photo >Kevin Cox | Getty Images for Ironman

Based on the flurry of releases from Ironman over the last couple of days, it looks like we have a bunch of new world-best performances to recognize. Here's the statement that appeared on the Ironman website on Monday:

"Despite the bike course that was shortened to 110 miles on race morning, after review by the Ironman Global Race Operations Committee, it has been determined that athletes who completed the three-discipline course prescribed at the Ironman North American Championship Texas triathlon will be recognized as eligible for world bests. Congratulations to all athletes who set world best times in both overall and individual discipline categories."

Hanson now holds men's Ironman record

Based on that info, Matt Hanson's 7:39:25 gives him the new record ahead of Tim Don's 7:40:43 set at Ironman Brazil last year.

Andy Starykowicz now holds the fastest ever bike split at a full-distance event thanks to his 3:54:59 split, too.

Hanson's 2:34:40 is, we believe, also the fastest marathon split for a full-distance event.

It's worth noting that Jan Frodeno's 7:35:39 from Challenge Roth in 2016 remains the fastest ever time for a full-distance race.

 

Matt Hanson is now the fastest ever at an Ironman race.

Matt Hanson is now the fastest ever at an Ironman race.

Photo >Kevin Cox | Getty Images for Ironman

Hauschildt claims women's record

Melissa Hauschildt is now the fastest ever at an official Ironman thanks to her 8:31:04 that eclipses Chrissie Wellington's 8:33:56 from Ironman South Africa in 2011. Wellington remains the fastest ever over the full distance thanks to her 8:18:13 in Roth from 2011.

Jen Annett's 4:25:11 bike split now becomes the fastest ever over a full-distance race, too.

Just to prove that she really deserved her Danish record setting times from Ironman Texas, Michelle Vesterby actually went out and rode the extra distance from the bike course late on Saturday night. She posted this video that highlights her extra effort.